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Storm kills 172 people and causes havoc in Brazilian state

Brasilia, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) The death toll remains at 172 on Monday, after the three bodies were found in the last few days in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, which has been devastated by storms since late April.

According to the Gaucho Civil Defense update, due to the rains and floods, 42 people are missing and 579,457 have been displaced.

Of this number, 37,154 remain in temporary shelters and 475 out of 497 municipalities are reported to be affected.

The cities most affected by the natural phenomenon are Eldorado do Sul, with 80.8 percent of the population, Muçum (66.3), Canos (44), São Leopoldo (40.7) and São Sebastião do Caí (36.3).

In addition, the bulletin indicated that 2,390,556 residents are affected by bad weather.

The measured level of the Guaíba River dropped further on Sunday and fell to 3.48 meters, well below the flood quota of 3.60 meters, according to data from the National Water and Basic Sanitation Agency and the Secretariat of Environment and Infrastructure of the territory.

On Sunday, the torrent registered for the first time in a month was below the overflow quota of 3.60 meters, registering 3.58 at the Gasometer power plant.

Other tributaries that are also monitored are Sinos, which reached 4.48 meters on Sunday, Gravataí and Jacuí, which can still overflood again, and the Uruguay which is still at the alert level.

Faced with the climatic tragedy, the extraordinary minister of Reconstruction of Rio Grande do Sul, Paulo Pimenta, affirmed on Sunday that the federal government seeks to ‘build a legal alternative’ to financially help the gaucho companies affected by the rainfall and avoid layoffs.

‘We have to build an alternative for the maintenance of the financial health of companies mainly, of the maintenance of job,’ Pimenta said in an interview with CanalGov, during his visit to the city of Muçum.